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Pakistani dramas: highlights of 2012

Published Dec 31, 2012 08:05am


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Television may be considered as small screen entertainment but it has given us immense quality amusement through big names in terms of actors and successful drama productions – from the old days of PTV to the recent times of private channels.

This year began with all eyes glued to Khirad and Asher’s tragic love story in Humsafar, eventually introducing us to Durre- Shehwar’s life and later making us witnesses to Aiman’s Maat to her overambitious sister Saman. gives you a list of some of the productions that deserve a tribute for making our year so entertaining.


Humsafar, which started in the last quarter of 2011 and went on until March 2012, took Pakistanis by storm. Not only was the audience in Pakistan going crazy over it but it had major ratings coming in from everywhere in the world. Humsafar amidst highly positive and some negative comments became a huge hit. Written by Farhat Ishtiaq and directed by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat, Humsafar was a story about a forced arranged marriage which eventually turned into a romantic relationship between the couple only to be maliciously destroyed later.

Khoosat’s epic direction and the way he weaved the words into perfect frames was impeccable. Humsafar was a perfect example of how a simple story, put together brilliantly with strong art direction, captivating acting and soul stirring music, can hold the audience spellbound.


Maat was the story of two sisters, Aiman and Saman who belonged to a low income household. Saman, the younger sister who dreamt of making it big in life, was arrogant and materialistic, while Aiman, the older one was compassionate, loving and believed in sacrificing.

Written by Umera Ahmed, the production featured a straightforward storyline, dialogues full of impact and excellent performances by Aamina Sheikh (Aiman) and Saba Qamar (Saman). The drama also featured Adnan Siddiqui (Faisal) as Aiman and Saman's cousin and romantic interest.

Bilquis Kaur:

Bushra Ansari has been in the entertainment industry for over three decades and is probably the first female actor to make her mark on the comical side of local entertainment. Over the years, she has perfected all kinds of roles from those she played in fifty fifty to Neeli Dhoop and to the recently popular Bilquis Kaur.

In Bilquis Kaur, Ansari aka Billo is shown as a stern, humourless woman who is living in New York since 30 years with her family. She portrayed a woman who stood by her traditional beliefs and forced them upon the life of her children. Trouble came when her younger son Sultan (Ahsan Khan) married the bold and confident Soha (Syra Yousuf).

Directed by Adnan Ahmed and written by Faiza Iftikhar, the drama also stars Sadia Imam, Saleem Sheikh, Adnan Jillani, Nadia Afghan, Khalid Ahmed and others. Where Ansari gave a power-packed performance, the rest of the actors really helped her making this play a huge success for the audience who waited every Sunday to find out more about different layers of Billo and her family.


Umera Ahmed’s writings gave us yet another hit.

In this serial, the plot revolved around two couples from different generations exploring the intricacies of life, relationships and their share of problems. Packed with smart dialogue and gripping performances by the cast which included Samina Peerzada, Qavi Khan, Nadia Jamil, Noman Ejaz, Sanam Baloch and others.

Director Haissam Hussein’s beautiful depiction about complexities of married life be it in today’s urban setting or yesterday’s traditional times, showed how certain issues are common in every relationship. It also depicted how powerful a role a woman can play when giving her marriage every bit of patience and resolve possible.


After Humsafar, Mahira was back with her beauty and charm on screen, this time as Falak in a production called Shehr-e-Zaat. Falak was a beautiful yet unsympathetic character who was shown to be self-centered, loathing poverty and despising ugliness.

Director Sarmad Sultan Khoosat was clear in what he wanted out of Falak’s character, settings and the people that surrounded her. Mahira did justice to her role as a selfish young girl who was head over heals for Salman Anser (Mikeal) and later as a vulnerable, dejected woman looking for God’s help and guidance in her life. Umera Ahmed gave the audience another master piece which made many think about the importance of righteousness and humility in their lives.


Humayun Saeed’s negative role in Kaafir actually made one feel disgusted by his character. This drama proved how his star quality and ability to reach to the audience never fails. The good vs. evil; directed by Shahid Shafaat gave us the story Shahan Ali Khan (Humayun Saeed) who is living a dual life; in front of his family he pretended to be virtuous but resorted to his evil and malicious side when away from them. The twists were woven captivatingly into the narrative although the play did go a little over board with its bold dialogues and settings.

Mora Piya:

How brilliantly the lead actors Aamina Sheikh and Adeel Hussain managed to take the entire drama on their shoulders despite its drifting script and weak story-line. They shined until the last episode, making viewers tune in simply for their performance as a couple in love whose lives were hit by a tragic incident.

Zard Mausam:

Zard Mausam was a kind of ‘desi’ version of Cinderalla, but this desi Cinderella was not at all perfect and pleasant as the one in the fairy tale. Taking similarities from it, this narrative was about girl whose life changed after her mother's death and how her step mother (Sania Saeed), who was the actually the first wife of her father (Faisal Rehman), mistreated her and made her life miserable. Saeed in the step-mother’s role stole the show with the helplessness and hatred she portrayed along with other dimensions of her character.

Mera Yaqeen:

Here is a powerful message: if you believe in God things can turn in your favour, you just need to hang in there with a strong faith.

Asfand (Faisal Qureshi) and Maha (Savera Nadeem) is a happily married couple whose lives take a turn for the worse when Maha met with an accident and was left paralysed. She then forced her husband to get remarried to her friend Nazish (Nimra Bucha) who had been divorced twice already. Nazish kept the house and children together and but the problems started when Maha’s jealousy took over. Actors from our entertainment industry keep giving us brilliant performances which are often what glue us to the seats despite weak storylines. Mera Yaqeen is one such example.

The year brings to an end some great performances and outstanding screen plays, but we still have more to look forward to in the form of Zindagi Gulzar Hai, Kahi Ankahi and the upcoming play Mirat-ul-Uroos.


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FBN Jan 02, 2013 05:50am
except for a couple or more, all dramas are the production of HUM TV. This year truly was a good year for Pak drama industry. Can't understand why people think foreign dramas are better. Good job Ms Eefa Khalid! :D
Awais Jan 02, 2013 08:57am
Where is Mera Saain???
karim Jan 01, 2013 02:17am
These dramas portray Pakistani culture, which belongs to people who have lived there for thousands of years.
Tahir Jan 01, 2013 02:52pm
I am surprised to not see the " Sirate Mustqeem" in the list.
hamid Shafiq Jan 01, 2013 12:45pm
all are the drama is base on fiction stories which actually not happen in our daily life or in culture but indian style dramas showing women and wine can any body explain what is our culture look. behind 20 years our drama is on top and every thing real not cosmetics.
Ayman Dec 31, 2012 04:08pm
But is your culture from Iran or Saudi?
Abdur Razzaque Jan 01, 2013 10:27am
Thank you, this is the first time I read news regarding the Pakistani entertainment activities whatever it is.It is really encouraging and helpful for us to watch those on the YouTube.
anand Jan 01, 2013 05:49pm
Are you so feeble brained in this age of technology!!! Please see it on youtube.Now don't ask me what is youtube.I strongly suggest you must see these dramas,it surely matches your intellect.
rida Dec 31, 2012 09:07am
no review for ishq -e mamun ?
Wish Dec 31, 2012 09:08am
Glad to see our drama industry making progress. It was a good year for the the local drama industry.
Wish Dec 31, 2012 09:09am
It's review should never be given. No comments for it.
Muhammad Dec 31, 2012 10:42am
Copying someone else culture will make a very good copy but can't get first slot.
Eefa Khalid Jan 01, 2013 11:11am
Dear Rida Ishq -e mamnoon was not a Pakistani Drama, where as this feature is talking about our local industry Hope this clarifies Best
nabeel Dec 31, 2012 08:42am
i thnk HUM channel has given its viewers the best content, as the most liked dramas are of HUM's. Mera naseeb was one of them
basma Dec 31, 2012 12:57pm
you can always watch them on youtube or vidpk
Afaq Dec 31, 2012 07:18pm
one time some one say Sari is not Muslim dress.What is Muslim dress? Islam span from Morocco to Indonesian and central Asia to Nigeria which one we should adopt or it should be a modest dress.
vijay, chennai, India Dec 31, 2012 10:32am
I am in chennai. Is it possible for us here to watch Pakistani dramas? pl dont say that Indian govt doesnt allow.
sam Jan 03, 2013 04:24pm
@anand: and your intellect matches with the dramas that you have been seeing since 3 decades and they will keep on running. Less drama and more of a comedy and triller sound bounded clips. lol and there is more actually: the dual role, one man going for 1 woman whereas the women hunting for more than 5 men, coming back of the hero in the 500th episode even after he died and got shot in the brain in the 298th episode! lol I would highly suggest you watch our dramas to raise your intellectual level to a level that you are even capable of commenting on DAWN....peace :)
Check Jan 03, 2013 10:39am
Mera Saain is missing in your list bro!
vijay Jan 05, 2013 11:47am
Dear Anand I have jaded brain cos I am 60. As a person with jaded brains I do mental sums and do not jump for a calculator to add 2+2 like the present tech savvy people like you. I do not suffer from sugar or BP since i exercise unlike head strong Tech savvy generation who are suffering from arthritis, bp, sugar and a vision of -9. I teach physics, chemistry(my major in college), algebra, trigonometry, calculus to my college going family members. one of my son is doing his PhD in US and other is doing his Chartered accountancy here. I was abroad and watched the best pak dramas and wanted to see a few more here. I have played cricket an TT during my school /college days and I think that is keeping me active not like the Tech savvy people who are glued to their computers with the result that these people have become hunch backs. Many thanks for sharing the all important news that the dramas can be wathced on the You tube.
afz Jan 05, 2013 08:01pm
u can watch dem on
sima Jan 06, 2013 06:22am
one of the best drama was Janaat Se Nikali Hoi Aurat which is missing in your list.